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Values, cleavages and party choice in France, 1988-1995

Andersen, R and Evans, JA 2003, 'Values, cleavages and party choice in France, 1988-1995' , French Politics, 1 (1) , pp. 83-114.

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Abstract

This paper examines the relations between social cleavages, voters' values and party choice in France from 1988 to 1995. Its main goal is to assess Grunberg and Schweisguth's influential claim that 1995 was marked by a critical election whereby French political space was transformed from the traditional two blocs characterizing the Left and Right into three distinct blocs: Left, Moderate Right and Extreme Right. More specifically, we test whether support for the Front National constituted a new separate bloc, in terms of both socio-demographics and attitudes, in 1995. Although we find some changes in the effects of socio-demographics and attitudes on party choice, these changes were not radical, suggesting that the two-bloc characterization of French party politics remains valid. We conclude that support for the Front National does not constitute a unique political bloc largely because its support is not based on a cohesive social grouping with a distinct attitudinal profile, a finding borne out by the results of the 2002 elections.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Parties, political space, cleavage voting, value systems, extreme right
Themes: Subjects / Themes > J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Democracy and Human Rights
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: French Politics
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 14763419
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2009 14:31
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:53
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1265

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